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“It’s a love, appreciation and celebration of Asian food,”

Brian Malarkey breaks all the rules with ultra-glamorous Animae


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Location: CA-San Diego

Story Date: 10/3/2019

Publisher: San Diego Union-Tribune   

Author: Michele Parente

Is Brian Malarkey going soft on us? He is when it comes to the plush carpeting, olive green velvet booths and sofas, chairs and ceiling-height drapes that have turned his latest restaurant venture, Animae, into a spectacularly sumptuous culinary cocoon. The lavish fabric is more than a cinematic, Art Deco feast for the eyes and the touch. It’s intended to muffle noise. It’s designed to give the just-debuted $5.5 million downtown San Diego stunner a romantic feel. It’s meant to signal — quietly, of course — that Malarkey is breaking all the rules with what he’s calling a “coal-fired, Asian-inspired” restaurant that’s "#Animazing.”

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: New Places

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